32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cupfrom me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter,“are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Gethsemane is a garden filled with twisting ancient trees located at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Anyone traveling from the temple to the top of the Mount of Olives would pass through or by the garden. Jesus was fully cognizant of what lie ahead for him and He sought a peaceful place to meet with His Father. The Lord’s heart and mind were stirring in agony. In his commentary, Matthew Henry describes what Jesus was experiencing in verse 33 as the “horror of great darkness.”
Jesus asked most of the Apostles to stop and sit while He prayed, then He, John, James and Peter went a short distance further. He then told the 3 members of the inner circle that he was overwhelmed with sorrow, and asked them to keep watch while he went a short distance further and prayed. Then the Bible gives us a glimpse into a conversation between the Heavenly Father and Jesus His Son. The Lord expressed His unwavering confidence in His Father’s power to do anything, but also proclaimed His willingness to do His Father’s will.
Three times Jesus returned to find the disciples sleeping. He basically told them they needed to make their bodies subject to their spirits. Jesus was on the brink of subjecting His body to untold brutality and humiliation, yet the Apostles were not spiritually mature or dedicated enough to stay awake and be with Him during this dark night.
Today, the prevailing idea is that no person can deny physical desires. It is ludicrous to expect young people to abstain from sex before marriage. It is unrealistic to expect a husband and wife to remain faithful for a lifetime. Society is so far off track that the loudest voice is the one declaring it is impossible to expect any person to refrain from any type of inclination or proclivity.
Do not accept the lies. God has not only provided for your salvation, but also for your regeneration and sanctification. So much that is written about the Holy Spirit focuses on gifts, but the primary work of the Holy Spirit is to make you holy. To be born again is to be regenerated and start living a new life. To be sanctified is to be set aside, cleansed and purified for God’s use. Do not ever sell God short – you can live a holy life.